How to Buy a Diamond

Buying your first diamond is one of the most important purchases you'll ever make. The diamond industry offers many websites that can provide you with the necessary information to make your best decision. After giving yourself this foundation, you're ready for the next step: finding a jeweler.

As important as the information-gathering process is, selecting the right jewelry professional is even more important. Consider asking the advice of a family member or trusted friend, particularly someone who has recently made a similar purchase. If this is not available, compare prices from internet sites so, when shopping, you know which jewelers are offering competitive prices and which are not.

Finally, always remember to compare stones from similar grading laboratories. GIA, EGL, and AGS are the most widely recognized.